New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) watches from the dugout after being removed from the game during the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)
New York Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia (52) watches from the dugout after being removed from the game during the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee Stadium. (Brad Penner)

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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says the club doesn't have much "heavy lifting" this offseason. However, there is one area he will likely address through free agency with a narrow scope.

When the Yankees received word from Masahiro Tanaka that he would not opt out of the final three years of his contract, Cashman's job became easier. As currently constituted the Yankees rotation is among the league's better groups No. 1 through No. 4. However, as good as the group of Tanaka, Sonny Gray, Jordan Montgomery and Luis Severino might be, the Yankees are short at least one starter for the 2018 season.

It's certainly an option to have an open fifth-starter competition with members of the farm system waiting to make the next step, however there are free agent options available to the Yankees.

With Tanaka sticking around, the Yankees will not get involved in the high-priced free agent market so cross Yu Darvish and Jake Arrieta off the list. While the Yankees could look at the next tier of pitchers - think Lance Lynn and Alex Cobb - the long-term commitment required for them with a farm system bursting with arms may not make sense.

In my view, the Yankees will not have to look far for their first target.

CC Sabathia is no longer flashy or overpowering, but he has figured out how to pitch effectively with a completely revamped repertoire. Sabathia has also lost the ability to pitch deep into games, but he was able to start 27 regular season games and another four in the postseason in 2017. In today's game, stepping on the hill every five days and pitching into the sixth inning is all that is needed from backend of the rotation starters. Sabathia fits that bill.

He pitched to a 3.69 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in his 148 2/3 regular season innings in 2017. Sabathia was 1-1 with a 2.37 ERA in 19 innings (four starts). He proved he can exist as a starter in the league and that he can manage the continuing knee issues with a specially made brace.

Sabathia, who turns 38 in July, expressed a desire to return to the Yankees after the season concluded. It is fair to suggest that the Yankees can offer him a one-year deal in the $12 million range, potentially with performance bonuses attached. Of interest is the chance that other teams may come forward with a willingness to offer Sabathia a two-year deal, or one with a vesting option of some sort for a second season. That's a risky proposition, but if it happens it could make the Yankees' decision more difficult. They may prefer to stick with one-year deals as they did with others as they moved through their late 30s.



The Yankees presumed interest in bringing back Sabathia will have no effect on their potential pursuit of Japan's two-way sensation Shohei Otani. Major League Baseball and Nippon Professional Baseball need to hash out an updated posting system before Otani will officially be available to the league's 30 teams. That said, Otani hired CAA to be his agency in the United States, which points to his feeling that an agreement is forthcoming.

MLB's revamped rules involving international players under the age of 25 and having less than six years of professional baseball in their country will allow clubs to basically handle Otani as if he is a stateside drafted player once he is signed. Otani can be sent to the minors and paid the league minimum if on an MLB squad (any initial lump sum payment will come via a signing bonus which is limited by a team's pool of international bonus funds). Should Otani, 23 with five years experience, wait a couple of more seasons, he would be treated much differently, in that he could command a $200 million-plus contract.

Otani's exceptional talent as a pitcher and a hitter is one that no team will pass up the opportunity to pursue. Further, as the Yankees are working to stay under the league's competitive balance tax, having Otani on the roster at the league minimum salary (with his signing bonus factored in) clearly becomes a huge benefit to the club.

The rub here is that if the Yankees sign both Sabathia and Otani, what happens to Montgomery and the Triple-A hurlers knocking on the MLB clubhouse doors?

There are some things to consider should this occur. Signing Otani does not necessarily mean he will start the season at the major league level. Since he can be brought through an organization as a minor leaguer, there is a chance that if he struggles early on in spring training that a club may give him a month or more in the minors to get acclimated to baseball in the States.

That, of course, would allow the Yankees to utilize Montgomery in the rotation should his performance be worthy of it. Remember, Montgomery is still learning the game as well, so there is no assurance he has a rotation slot locked down.

Further, pitching depth among starters is an extremely important aspect to an organization's ability to succeed in a 162-game season. Performance issues or health concerns often lead to the need for multiple starters as a season progresses. Having Montgomery or a Triple-A starter like Chance Adams ready to step in provides the Yankees with a distinct advantage over other teams.

The Yankees bringing back Sabathia is not a definite, but it is likely the starting point for them to fill their rotation void. Pursuit of Otani is assured if he is eventually posted, and any fallout concerned with having Sabathia and the underlying affects on the young pitchers waiting their turn, is essentially a circumstance the Yankees are willing to deal with.

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Oct 28, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; in game four of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)
Oct 28, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; in game four of the 2017 World Series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports (Troy Taormina)

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The Yankees continued the interview process for their open managerial position Saturday, sitting down with Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward. The 41-year-old is the fifth candidate to be interviewed.

The Yankees have sat mostly outside of the box with their candidate selections in that just one has MLB managerial experience (Eric Wedge) while others (Rob Thomson and Hensley Meulens) have lengthy stints as coaches and another has zero coaching experience (Aaron Boone). Woodward is another surprise candidate to convene with the Yankees.

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Former New York Yankees Hideki Matsui is introduced during a ceremony for Derek Jeter to honor his jersey number retirement and monument park plaque before the game against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)
Former New York Yankees Hideki Matsui is introduced during a ceremony for Derek Jeter to honor his jersey number retirement and monument park plaque before the game against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Adam Hunger/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Yankees outfielder Hideki Matsui could play a role in recruiting two-way Japanese star Shohei Otani to New York, according to MLB.com's Deesha Thosar.

The 43-year-old retired outfielder, who spent seven of his 10 seasons in the MLB with the Yankees, said through a translator that he could play a role in helping the Yankees acquire Otani, the 23-year-old star outfielder and pitcher who is set to play in the U.S.

"If he's allowed to come here and the Yankees are interested, then I expect to be involved in that process as maybe trying to convince him or recruit him to the Yankees," Matsui said, according to Thosar.

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Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Enrique Hernandez is congratulated by third base coach Chris Woodward after hitting a solo home run in the eighth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium. (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)
Los Angeles Dodgers left fielder Enrique Hernandez is congratulated by third base coach Chris Woodward after hitting a solo home run in the eighth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium. (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports)

Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward interviewed for the Yankees' managerial opening, reports Eric Boland of Newsday.

The Yankees have already interviewed Rob ThomsonEric WedgeHensley Meulens, and Aaron Boone.

Woodward, 41, spent the past two seasons as the Dodgers' third base coach. He previously served as the Seattle Mariners' infield coach and minor league infield coordinator. Woodward also managed the New Zealand team in the 2016 World Baseball Classic.

A 12-year MLB veteran, Woodward hit .239 with 33 home runs and 191 RBIs in 659 career games with five teams. 

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Mar 2, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Nick Rumbelow (50) throws a pitch against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Mar 2, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees relief pitcher Nick Rumbelow (50) throws a pitch against the Detroit Tigers at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

The Yankees traded RHP Nick Rumbelow in exchange for minor league pitchers JP Sears and Juan Then.

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New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez and right fielder Aaron Judge celebrate the 6-3 win over the Minnesota Twins at a baseball game Tuesday, July 18, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn) (Bruce Kluckhohn/AP)
New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez and right fielder Aaron Judge celebrate the 6-3 win over the Minnesota Twins at a baseball game Tuesday, July 18, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn) (Bruce Kluckhohn/AP)

The New York Yankees 2017 season may have just ended, but all eyes are looking forward to 2018. As the team is deciding which manager to hire, they have announced key spring training dates.

Pitchers and catchers will report to spring training on Feb. 13 while position players will return no later than Feb. 18 ahead of the first full-team workout on Feb. 19. Their first spring training game is Feb. 23 against the Tigers at 1:05 p.m.

Their regular season gets underway more than a month later, against the Blue Jays in Toronto on March 29. 

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New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (81) triples during the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres (81) triples during the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)

MLB teams have until Monday, Nov. 20 to assign players to their 40-man roster so they will be protected from December's Rule 5 Draft. The Yankees have an abundance of players deserving of protection, but only some will survive the cut, leaving a collection of strong players available to the rest of the league.

We'll look at five players that are deserving of a spot on the 40-man and then touch on which players could be traded or simply removed from the 40-man roster (the Yankees currently have 38 rostered players) in order to make space. We'll take the players the Yanks could add in alphabetical order...

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(David Kohl)

The Yankees search for their new manager brought former Yankee hero Aaron Boone into the Bronx, and he is well aware of the expectations that come with the position.

"I know what I would be signing up for," Boone told MLB.com's Marc Feinsand. "That's part of the game in major league sports; there's pressure that goes along with that...Being in professional sports, you better relish that."

Boone, who doesn't have any managerial experience, was interviewed by the Yankees on Friday at Yankee Stadium. Boone has served ESPN as an analyst since retiring in 2009. Despite his lack of experience, he isn't shying away from one of the biggest positions in all of professional sports. 

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No experience, no problem? Aaron Boone, who interviewed on Friday, better hope so if he wants to become the Yankees' next manager.

As the Yankees seek to replace long-time manager Joe Girardi, the club has interviewed a 28-year organizational man Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge, who possesses 10 years of MLB managerial experience, and Hensley Meulens, who has been coaching for over a decade. Boone, a former Yankees third baseman, who has zero coaching experience, let alone time as a manager, might seem to be at a disadvantage when compared to his competition.

Lucky for Boone, his inexperience doesn't seem to be an issue for Yankees general manager Brian Cashman.

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Yankees LHP Justus Sheffield pitches in an Arizona Fall League game for the Scottsdale Scorpions. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)
Yankees LHP Justus Sheffield pitches in an Arizona Fall League game for the Scottsdale Scorpions. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA TODAY Sports)

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Most of the New York Yankees' eight prospects who played for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League produced fine results. The Scorpions finished last in their division with a 12-17-1 record and four games back. Here is how each player performed:

Note: Prospect rankings provided by MLB Pipeline.

LHP Justus Sheffield (Yankees No. 4, No. 79 overall) put to rest any doubt that he was fully recuperated from an oblique injury that took away a significant number of innings away from his regular season. Sheffield started five games (20 1/3 innings), posting a 3.10 ERA and 0.84 WHIP. Sheffield struck out 23 batters and walked just three, which helped him earn a spot in the Fall Stars Game. Sheffield could start the 2018 season in Triple-A, and if all goes extremely well, there is a chance he could receive a cup of coffee as a September call-up.

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge is introduced before Game 3 of the 2017 ALCS against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge is introduced before Game 3 of the 2017 ALCS against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

Aaron Judge has finished second in MVP voting behind Houston Astros' star Jose Altuve, Major League Baseball announced Thursday. 

Judge, who has already brought home a Silver Slugger award and AL Rookie of the Year, hit .284 with 52 home runs and 114 RBIs in his rookie campaign. His 52 homers marked the most by a rookie in a single season. 

The star helped guide the Yankees to a surprise trip to the ALCS where Judge hit .188 with four home runs and 11 RBIs

Altuve received 405 voting points while Judge received 279. Altuve also had 27 first-place votes to Judge's 2....

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Jul 7, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar (19) (Raymond Carlin III)
Jul 7, 2017; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers shortstop Jurickson Profar (19) (Raymond Carlin III)

The Yankees are interested in trading for Rangers INF/OF Jurickson Profar, reports Joel Sherman of the NY Post, who says the team is trying to make "a trade or two" before Monday's 40-man roster freeze in advance of the Rule 5 Draft.

Sherman notes that the Yankees would be willing to deal multiple players from the 40-man roster in order to get a high-upside player such as Profar, with the Rangers interested in pitching in return.

Profar, 24, was rated as the top prospect in baseball in 2013, but his career has since been derailed since by injuries and ineffectiveness.

Tags: Didi Gregorius, Gleyber Torres, Starlin Castro
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Hensley Meulens was unable to make a significant impact with the Yankees as a player, but maybe he can lead them to 28th World Series championship as their manager.

"Bam Bam" Meulens often destroyed minor league baseballs as a young 20-something outfielder in the late 80s and early 90s in the Yankees organization, hitting 129 home runs across seven seasons in the organization's system. The nickname carried over to the major leagues, but the home run prowess never did, as Meulens hit 12 home runs in 159 career games as a Yankee. He had success in three seasons in Japan, and then continued to latch on in various locations within MLB (and minor leagues), Mexico, the KBO, and in the Independent Atlantic League before retiring after the 2002 season.

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Aug 8, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) hits a three run homer against the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)
Aug 8, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) hits a three run homer against the Washington Nationals during the fifth inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Mills)

The Yankees are one of eight teams who have talked to the Marlins to express an interest in trading for slugger Giancarlo Stanton, FanRag Sports Jon Heyman reports.

The meeting was reportedly initiated by the Marlins, who are shopping the 28-year-old and the $290-million left on his contract. 

Heyman cautions that the Yankees are not seen as a likely landing spot for Stanton, who has been most-often linked to the Red Sox, Giants and Cardinals so far this offseason.

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New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner talks to the media during MLB owners' meetings, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)
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New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner talks to the media during MLB owners' meetings, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith) (Eric Christian Smith/AP)

Yankees GM Brian Cashman wasn't the only member of the club's hierarchy who felt Joe Girardi's time as manager in the Bronx was up.

Owner Hal Steinbrenner said that he fully agreed with Cashman's assessment that a change was needed, and that this was not a decision that was made in haste.

"As I told Cash, I wasn't following his recommendation. I agreed with it," Steinbrenner said. "He and I have had these discussions for a considerable length of time over and over again...This isn't something we just decided we wanted to sit down and do at the end of the season. We've had a lot of discussions through the years."

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New York Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran on deck to bat against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran on deck to bat against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Yankees outfielder Carlos Beltran discussed the franchise's managerial opening with GM Brian Cashman, according to the New York Post's Joel Sherman, however he likely won't be a serious contender for the position, according to the New York Daily News' Mike Mazzeo and Christian Red.

Beltran told Cashman, according to Sherman, "I'm committed to be back in the game in a role that I can be an impact. I believe the best use of my time and knowledge is in a managerial position."

While Cashman didn't rule out the possibility that Beltran could become the next Yankees manager, telling reporters on Monday, "I am aware of his interest in managing in the future. I'll leave it at that for right now," the Yankees are likely to move forward with interviews with bench coach Rob Thomson, former Mariners and Indians manager Eric Wedge, Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens and former Yankees third baseman Aaron Boone, according to the New York Daily News.

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New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi before Game 2 of the ALCS (Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi before Game 2 of the ALCS (Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports)

Joe Girardi expected to be back for an 11th season as New York Yankees manager.

"I was a little shocked," he said of his dismissal Tuesday after attending a meeting of Major League Baseball's competition committee.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman announced his decision Oct. 26, and then explained last week he made the move because of "ability to fully engage, communicate, connect with the playing personnel."

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San Francisco Giants hitting coach Hensley Meulens (Jason Getz/USA TODAY Sports)
San Francisco Giants hitting coach Hensley Meulens (Jason Getz/USA TODAY Sports)

The Yankees will interview San Francisco Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens for their managerial opening on Friday, according to the USA TODAY's Bob Nightengale.

Meulens is one of several people, including Aaron BooneRob Thomson and Eric Wedge, the organization is considering to replace Joe Girardi as manager.

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Yankees' GM Brian Cashman and Mets' assistant GM John Ricco discuss what their teams may look like for the start of the 2018 season.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman told reporters at the GM Meetins Tuesday that OF Jacoby Ellsbury is expected to be the fourth outfielder next season, per NY Daily News' Mike Mazzeo.

Ellsbury, who is due $68.4 million over the next three seasons, has a no-trade clause in his contract if the Yankees decided to shop him. Cashman said that he plans to meet with Ellsbury's agent, Scott Boras, before leaving the GM Meetings on Wednesday. The Yankees may want to get rid of his contract via trade in the future. But, for now, he will remain a projected asset in 2018. 

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | ArchivesTake Cashman's words on November 14 with a grain of salt. There will be a bevy of moving parts this offseason, so each of his comments today should be viewed merely as preliminary thoughts centered on what his current roster looks like...

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Aug 24, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran (15) reacts after hitting a double against the Washington Nationals in the eighth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)
Aug 24, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros designated hitter Carlos Beltran (15) reacts after hitting a double against the Washington Nationals in the eighth inning at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)

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Orlando, Fla. -- When Carlos Beltran announced his retirement as a player on Monday, he instantly became the best known option to replace Joe Girardi as Yankees' manager.

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(Kim Klement)

Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild will return to the team for the 2018 season, per the Daily News' Mike Mazzeo.

Rothschild is the only coach on Joe Girardi's staff last season to be retained so far. Bench coach Rob Thomson was interviewed for the vacant manager position. 

Rothschild has been the Yankees' pitching coach since the 2011 season. He has been vital in figuring out the team's young pitching like Luis Severino, who had a breakout season in 2017 after imploding the season prior. 

As a whole, the Yankees' pitching staff finished fifth in the league with a 3.72 ERA.

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Aaron Judge smacked his league-leading 34th homer of the season in the Yankees 7-3 win over the Tigers on Monday night. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Aaron Judge smacked his league-leading 34th homer of the season in the Yankees 7-3 win over the Tigers on Monday night. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

Yankees OF Aaron Judge is the recipient of the American League Rookie of the Year award.

Judge hit .284 with 52 home runs and 114 RBIs for the Yankees in his rookie campaign. His 52 homers marked the most by a rookie in a single season. 

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Japanese two-way star Shohei Otani, who will soon pursue a career in MLB. Credit: Koji Sasahara/AP
Japanese two-way star Shohei Otani, who will soon pursue a career in MLB. Credit: Koji Sasahara/AP

Chris Carelli, SNY.TV Facebook | Twitter | About Me | : The Yankees may not have huge holes to fill, but they will be active during the offseason.

They are in the market for a starting pitcher, and would benefit from adding a DH as well, but with some ability for others to occasionally man the role.

Signing Japanese star Shohei Otani could solve the vacancies all alone. A perfect fit rarely sits in front of a team, but Otani seems to be a peg that would slide smoothly into two holes. The kicker - as if the Yankees would need one - is that Otani will come at an incredible bargain as the team strives to stay below the 2018 competitive balance tax.

Tags: Brett Gardner, CC Sabathia, Chance Adams, Clint Frazier, Gary Sanchez, Jacoby Ellsbury, Jordan Montgomery, Luis Severino, Masahiro Tanaka, Chris Carelli
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Hensley Meulens and Aaron Boone will be the Yankees' next interviewees for the manager position, per The Post's Joel Sherman.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman said that he was suspending interviews for the vacant spot while he was at the GM Meetings in Orlando. He has kept his agenda to fill the vacancy under wraps as it isn't known how many candidates he has on his list. 

Boone has been a name rumored to be on that list. He played for the Yankees in 2003 where he famously vaulted the team into the World Series with his walk-off homer in Game 7 of the ALCS. After retiring in 2009, Boone has been serving as an MLB analyst for ESPN. 

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(Brad Penner)

While attending the annual general manager meeting, Yankees GM Brian Cashman will suspended all interviews for the vacant manager position. 

Cashman has a unique process for his manager interviews that requires various departments within the Yankees organization to participate. Since he can't do that from Orlando, he will resume his search when he returns to New York. 

"I can't simulate what I do in New York and have the best kind of interview down here," Cashman told The Post's Ken Davidoff. "I want to keep it the same playing ground for each candidate so I can get the maximum exposure to who they really are." 

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Japanese star Shohei Otani. Credit: Koji Sasahara, AP Photo
Japanese star Shohei Otani. Credit: Koji Sasahara, AP Photo

23-year-old two-way Japanese superstar Shohei Otani on Saturday confirmed his intent to play in the major leagues and said he hopes to improve in the process, according to the Associated Press.

"The other day I met with team officials and stated my intentions," said Otani. "My request was met with warm words of support, so I hope to do my best in America from next year on."  

The Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters announced on Friday that he would be posted, paving the way for him to be signed by a major league team.

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New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield tosses to first base in bunt drills during MLB spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees relief pitcher Justus Sheffield tosses to first base in bunt drills during MLB spring training workouts at George M. Steinbrenner Field. (Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees LHP prospect Justus Sheffield left an Arizona Fall League game on Saturday after a line drive hit him in the left leg.

 

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Oct 1, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) stretches prior to the game against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)
Oct 1, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) stretches prior to the game against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports (Jasen Vinlove)

The Red Sox have growing interest in Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton, according to a report from the Miami Herald.

The Herald says that talk between the Red Sox and Marlins "may be heating up" in advance of next week's GM meetings in Orlando. Other teams are interested in Stanton, including the Phillies, Cardinals and Giants.

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New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro (14) hits an RBI single in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro (14) hits an RBI single in the sixth inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. (Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports)

The GM Meetings begin next week in Orlando and Joel Sherman of The Post believes the Yankees will make a trade

Sherman offers up a trade scenario that consists of 2B Starlin Castro and Giants middle infielder Joe Panik.

In Sherman's proposed deal, the Yankees would send Castro, 1B Tyler Austin and RHP Luis Cessa to the Giants for Panik. San Francisco is searching for right-handed power while the Yankees could use Panik's lefty stroke for the short porch at Yankee Stadium.

Panik grew up a Derek Jeter fan and played his college baseball at St. John's in Queens. He lives in New York in the offseason and is just entering arbitration -- which will help the Yankees' plan to get under the luxury tax.

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Friday, we learned former Indians and Mariners skipper Eric Wedge was the second person to be interviewed for the Yankees' managerial position.

Up until this revelation, the Yankees had been connected to both in-house and out of the box candidates not in the organization. Wedge's advantage is that his 10 years of managerial experience at the major league level is 10 years more than any of them combined.

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Oct 4, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Former Cleveland Indians manager Eric Wedge (David Richard)
Oct 4, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Former Cleveland Indians manager Eric Wedge (David Richard)

The Yankees interviewed Eric Wedge for their managerial opening on Friday, the team announced.

Wedge, 49, is currently a player development advisor for the Blue Jays. He managed the Indians from 2003 to 2009 and the Mariners from 2011 to 2013, posting a combined record of 774-846.

He was not retained as manager of the Indians after the 2009 season, and declined the Mariners' one-year contract offer after the 2013 season.

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The Daily News Live crew talks about Aaron Boone's chances to be the Yankees' next manager and debates whether he'd be a good choice.

Aaron Boone has reportedly emerged as another candidate to fill the Yankees' managerial vacancy, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.

The former Yankee is most famous in pinstripes for his walkoff home run against the Red Sox in the 11th inning of game 7 to send the Yankees to the 2003 World Series. That was his only season in the Bronx amid a 15 year Major League career. 

Boone is currently a studio anylst for ESPN. 

Yankees' bench coach Rob Thomson has already interviewed for the job....

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge celebrates with catcher Gary Sanchez after hitting a solo home run against the Houston Astros in the eighth inning during Game 6 of the 2017 ALCS at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge celebrates with catcher Gary Sanchez after hitting a solo home run against the Houston Astros in the eighth inning during Game 6 of the 2017 ALCS at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez have each won their first Silver Slugger award, joining other elite hitters from the 2017 season.

Judge was the runaway choice for right fielders, with a far superior statline than the other choices. The 25-year-old hit .284/.442/.627 with 52 home runs with 114 RBIs and had the second highest WAR in the majors with 8.1. Judge hit more than double the home runs of any other AL right fielder besides Steven Souza, who was far behind the rookie phenom with 30 homers.

Sanchez led all AL catchers in both homers, 33, and RBIs, 90. His respectable .278 batting average trailed only Wellington Castillo for the category, who hit .282. Sanchez also led all catchers who had more than 300 at-bats in OBP, with .345...

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(Kim Klement)

After the Yankees interviewed bench coach Rob Thomson for their managerial vacancy, Thomson said that the Yankees are his home even if he doesn't get the managerial job, via Meredith Marakovits of YES.

Thomson also said that the interview was "very thorough" and lasted more than five hours. He also said that his experience with the organization could benefit him in the Yankees' search, but recognized that that'd be one of many factors. 

From working with Joe Girardi for the former manager's entire tenure with the team, Thomson reiterated his "utmost respect" for his former boss and admits he was "a little bit surprised" Girardi wasn't retained...

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May 19, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees acting manager Rob Thomson (59) looks on from the dugout during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
May 19, 2017; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; New York Yankees acting manager Rob Thomson (59) looks on from the dugout during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

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On Wednesday, the Yankees conducted their first interview (at least that we know of) for the team's open managerial position. The interviewee was Rob Thomson, who has been with the Yankees in some capacity for 28 years.

Thomson recently served as Joe Girardi's bench coach in 2008 and for the last three seasons. He has been the Yankees' third base coach (2009-14) and held multiple front office positions surrounding the organization's farm system. Thomson is also credited with completely controlling Yankees spring training arrangements from top to bottom.

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New York Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka walks back to the dugout after the seventh inning of Game 5 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (David J. Phillip/AP)
New York Yankees' Masahiro Tanaka walks back to the dugout after the seventh inning of Game 5 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) (David J. Phillip/AP)

The Yankees are not open to extending Masahiro Tanaka's contract, even if doing so could lower his average annual value as the team attempts to get under the luxury tax threshold, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Tanaka, who is owed $67 million over the next three seasons, chose earlier this month to not opt out of his deal.

Heyman cites major league sources who were "shocked" Tanaka didn't opt out of the deal, surmising that he must have chosen to stay with the Yankees instead of hitting the open market because his medicals don't look good.

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Yankees reflect on Roy Halladay 00:01:24
Former Yankees manager Joe Torre and players Jorge Posada and Tino Martinez reflect on the life of Roy Halladay who passed away on Tuesday.

Former Yankees manager Joe Torre and former players Jorge Posada and Tino Martinez reflect on the life of two-time Cy Young award winner Roy Halladay, who passed away in a plane crash on Tuesday.

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Torre on Yankees manager opening 00:01:27
At the 15th annual Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation Celebrity Gala, Torre gives his thoughts on the Yankees managerial opening.

New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge was earned a Players Choice Award on Monday night, taking home American League Outstanding Rookie honors.

In his first full season in the majors, the 25-year-old hit .284/.442/.627 with an American League-leading 52 home runs and 114 RBIs, which ranked second in the AL. Judge's 52 homers were the most ever hit by a rookie while his 8.1 WAR ranked second in the majors. 

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Jul 31, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman speaks with the media before a game against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees today traded for Oakland Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray at the MLB trade deadline. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Jul 31, 2017; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman speaks with the media before a game against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees today traded for Oakland Athletics pitcher Sonny Gray at the MLB trade deadline. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Former Yankees and current YES Network broadcasters John Flaherty and David Cone have expressed interest in becoming the Yankees next manager.

Flaherty, who played for the Yankees from 2002-2005, confirmed that his agent has contacted GM Brian Cashman about the opening, although he has not received a response.

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A-Rod as next Yankees manager? 00:03:25
The Daily News Live crew breaks down the possibility of Alex Rodriguez becoming the next manager of the New York Yankees.

Alex Rodriguez sat down with The Players' Tribune's "R2C2" podcast with Yankees LHP CC Sabathia and Ryan Ruocco to discuss the Yankees' managerial search. 

The 42-year-old Rodriguez has carved out a niche as a baseball commentator for FOX, but has also served as a special advisor to Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner. When asked about the managerial position, he related it to being the President of the United States.

"I will say that, you know, being a manager for the New York Yankees is almost like POTUS, you know," Rodriguez said. "It's like one of those jobs that everybody and anybody should or would pay attention to because the New York Yankees are the greatest franchise in sports, not only America, but the entire globe. And whether you're in China or Dubai or Australia, everybody knows that logo...So, I do wish them luck."

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Oct 21, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; during game seven of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)
Oct 21, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; during game seven of the 2017 ALCS playoff baseball series at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas Shea)

Aaron Judge on Tuesday opened up about the departure of manager Joe Girardi, calling it a "tough situation."

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GEICO SportsNite: Roy Halladay 00:06:29
GEICO SportsNite reflects on the passing of former All-Star starting pitcher Roy Halladay, who died in a plane crash in Florida on Tuesday.

Two-time Cy Young award winner Roy Halladay died when his private plane crashed in the Gulf of Mexico on Tuesday, the Pasco County, Florida sheriff confirmed.

Halladay was 40 years old. He was an avid pilot who retired from baseball after the 2013 season.

"We are numb over the very tragic news about Roy Halladay's untimely death," the Philadelphia Phillies said in a statement. "There are no words to describe the sadness that the entire Phillies family is feeling over the loss of one of the most respected human beings to ever play the game. It is with the heaviest of hearts that we pass along our condolences to Brandy, Ryan and Braden."

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New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge celebrates with catcher Gary Sanchez after hitting a solo home run against the Houston Astros in the eighth inning during Game 6 of the 2017 ALCS at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge celebrates with catcher Gary Sanchez after hitting a solo home run against the Houston Astros in the eighth inning during Game 6 of the 2017 ALCS at Minute Maid Park. (Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports)

After coming within one game of reaching the World Series, the Yankees opened at 8-1 odds to win the 2018 World Series, according to a list released by the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.

Their odds were the fifth-best in baseball, behind the Dodgers (5-1), Indians (6-1), Astros (6-1), and Nationals (7-1).

Among the Yankees' AL East counterparts, the Red Sox have 8-1 odds, with the Blue Jays and Rays at 30-1, and the Orioles at 60-1.

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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman held a lengthy conference call Monday, and stated that he did not have a list of candidates for the club's managerial opening. However, a bevy of names have been tossed around since the moment Joe Girardi was said to be departing, with one of the most mentioned internal options being Jay Bell.

Bell, an 18-year MLB veteran, was a two-time All-Star and won the Silver Slugger Award for National League shortstops in 1993. Bell hit .265 in his career with 195 home runs and a 101 OPS+. He was also a key member of the Arizona Diamondbacks team that won the 2001 World Series over the Yankees.

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GEICO SportsNite: Mo on Yankees 00:00:57
Yankees legend Mariano Rivera takes some time at the MoMa Design Store to discuss the Yankees' decision to part ways with Joe Girardi.

New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge is introduced before Game 3 of the 2017 ALCS against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge is introduced before Game 3 of the 2017 ALCS against the Houston Astros at Yankee Stadium. (Robert Deutsch/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge was officially named a finalist for the American League Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player awards on Monday and has been named the cover athlete for "MLB The Show 18."

In his first full season in the majors, the 25-year-old Judge hit .284/.442/.627 with an American League-leading 52 home runs and 114 RBIs, which ranked second in the AL.

Judge ranked second in the majors with a WAR of 8.1, trailing only Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (8.3), another finalist for the AL MVP award. The third finalist is Cleveland Indians infielder Jose Ramirez.

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New York Yankees RHP Luis Severino (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Yankees RHP Luis Severino (Brad Penner/USA TODAY Sports)

Yankees RHP Luis Severino was named a finalist for the American League Cy Young Award on Monday.

Severino rebounded from a 2016 season in which he was demoted to the minors and sent to the bullpen by going 14-6 with a 2.98 ERA in 31 starts en route to his first All-Star appearance.

Severino's 2.98 ERA ranked third in the AL, behind fellow Cy Young Award finalists Corey Kluber and Chris Sale. His 230 strikeouts ranked fourth in the league.

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Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly looks on prior to the game against the New York Mets at Marlins Park. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)
Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly looks on prior to the game against the New York Mets at Marlins Park. (Jasen Vinlove/USA TODAY Sports)

Former Yankees first baseman and current Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly is among 10 people who are on the 2018 Modern Baseball era ballot for possible enshrinement in Cooperstown.

Mattingly joins Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Marvin Miller, Jack Morris, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons, Luis Tiant and Alan Trammell whose candidacy will be reviewed and voted upon at the Winter Meetings on Dec. 10.

The Modern Baseball Committee consists of 16 members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame, executives and veteran media members. The committee votes on candidates twice every five years at the MLB Winter Meetings.

 

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DNL: Buying Cashman's reasoning? 00:04:25
The Daily News Live guys debate the validity of Brian Cashman's reasoning behind his decision to let Joe Girardi go as Yankees manager.

Former Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he thought he would be back with the team in 2018 in his first public comments after his dimissal. 

Girardi, who has been spending tons of time with his family, was "disappointed" in the decision not to extend his contract after 10 seasons. However, he understood GM Brian Cashman and owner Hal Steinbrenner's reasons to look elsewhere. 

"Unfortunately, I'm not back but that's part of the business," Girardi told Mike Francesca on WFAN Monday. 

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